Category: Storage

Rack Consolidation: Finale

May 19, 2020 Freenas Hardware Open Source Rack Consolidation Software Storage Technology 0

Finally, it is completed.  I won’t use finished because the implies it will never change…and we all know life is all about change.  So what’s the final product look like? The rack is full.  Sure if I wanted to I could squish everything together and get a couple of more U’s worth of gear..but i… Read more

Rack Consolidation: Part 4.3

May 17, 2020 Freenas Hardware Open Source Rack Consolidation Software Storage Technology 0

Well got everything installed and completed the initial data replication.  I went upstairs and removed all of the servers from the rack.  I then removed all of the rails.  I then re-installed the rails and then re-racked the servers.  The r210 did not make it back as it was dead anyway.  The order is now… Read more

Rack Consolidation: Part 4.1

May 15, 2020 Freenas Hardware Open Source Software Storage Technology 0

Just like that.  Another day arrives and the eBay shop where i bought the hard drives did me a solid.  Instead of putting the two pairs of drives into two boxes he jsut shipped all four in the same box.  I’ll be giving all the eBay vendors that were involved in my build excellent feedback… Read more

Rack Consolidation: Part 4

May 14, 2020 Freenas Hardware Open Source Rack Consolidation Software Storage Technology 0

Finally got some parts in for the 520 that allow me to start getting it put together.  I have half of the SAS hard drives, the SD card connector(don’t want to say SD card card..<G>), an extra 64 gigs of ram, all of the drive caddies, and of course the SD cards themselves.  Read the… Read more

Rack Consolidation: Part 3

May 10, 2020 Freenas Hardware Open Source Rack Consolidation Storage Technology 1

The project continues..:)  I was able to take the ram, CPU’s, and HBAH310 (reflashed to base LSI IT mode) out of the 420 and put them into the 520.  I now have the rest of the parts inbound:  8 x 6TB SAS HDD’s, SD card adapter, 8 x 3.5″ HDD caddies are all inbound.  I… Read more

Rack Consolidation: part 2

May 6, 2020 Freenas Hardware Open Source Rack Consolidation Software Storage Technology 0

I got the 520 in and began poking around. First of all I fired up the machine as a test and it booted fine. I then ran the lifecycle controller’s firmware updater. This machine was far far behind so i told it to install all of the updates. I stuck with it for a few… Read more

Rack consolidation project finally begins

April 29, 2020 Freenas Open Source Rack Consolidation Software Storage Technology 0

  I had recently purchased a Dell Poweredge R420 to replace my aging R310 server that acts as my central storage node.  I began to have need to have the ability to run virtual machines and FreeNAS does support running virtual machines.  I found out my R310 CPU is too old to run vm’s under… Read more

All Goes Well With One Exception

November 23, 2019 Gamecache Gaming Open Source Storage Technology 1

So far my eldest has all of her games on the gamecache drive.  Unfortunately ElderScrolls Online refused to run on the Gamecache drive.  It would hang up the network card causing all network connectivity to go away.  Only a restart of the machine would fix it.  However the fact that all of the other games… Read more

GameCache Project Updates

November 22, 2019 Gamecache Open Source Software Storage Technology 0

It is working out better than I anticipated.  Right now the eldest has been installing all of her games on the G drive.  I found out one of her games is nearly 200 Gigs in size.  Holy crap batman.  She can easily chew through more than 400 gigs of storage just with the games she… Read more

One Thing i like about zfs

November 19, 2019 Open Source Software Storage Technology 0

*Game Cache Update* Is the built in compression.  For vm’s you can sometimes get 5-10x compression because vms are mostly empty space.  ZFS does compression transparently.  Right now as part of the eldest’s game cache her system thinks it has written 75 gigabytes of data.  ZFS compression has reduced that down to 52.5G in the… Read more

Game Caching update

November 19, 2019 Gamecache Software Storage Technology 1

I made an earlier post about an experiment I am running.  So far so good.  The eldest is having to put her games onto the new G drive her computer sees.  The magic of ISCSI makes it appear as a local hard drive even though it’s on a network server.  I am a HUGE fan… Read more

An interesting FreeNAS Experiment

November 19, 2019 Gamecache Hardware Software Storage Technology 2

I came across an interesting use case for FreeNAS.  My eldest daughter likes games that are huge.  Like 100-250 gigabyte huge.  I simply cannot afford to keep adding SSD storage to her machine.  I will not do hard disks as main storage..under Windows 10 it’s too painfully slow.  What Lawerence had done was taken a… Read more